Nationals' Jordan Zimmermann Not Expected To Pitch In All-Star Game

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Washington Nationals' right-hander Jordan Zimmermann talked about the possibility that the lingering neck issues he's been dealing with for several weeks would keep him from pitching in next week's All-Star Game and reports from Miami today say he's not likely to pitch in NY, though he will attend the game.

Davey Johnson didn't seem overly concerned with the neck issues which have bothered Jordan Zimmermann for several weeks now, but admitted that they did factor into his decision to lift the Nats' 27-year-old right-hander in the seventh inning of last night's loss in Philadelphia. "He's awfully good even when he's not 100%," the Nats' skipper said, "He's got outstanding stuff."

Zimmermann was asked after the game if the injury affected his performance on the mound against the Phillies. "It was a little tight," Jordan Zimmermann told reporters. "But I've been dealing with that for a while now. But I got it loosened up and it was good enough to go out there and pitch." Asked if the lingering issues might keep him from pitching in next week's All-Star Game in Citi Field in New York, Zimmermann said it was possible that it would. "I'm not really sure yet what I'm going to do, but we'll see how the next few days go and go from there."

"I'd rather be healthy for the second half than pitch in that," Zimmermann explained. " I'd like to pitch in it, but I'm not going to go out there and just pitch an inning and have to battle the whole second half."

According to reports from Miami this afternoon, where the Nationals start a three-game first-half-ending set with the Marlins, Zimmermann will most likely not pitch in the mid-summer classic:

Davey Johnson, who is serving on NL Manager Bruce Bochy's coaching staff, told reproters he would recommend Stephen Strasburg, Gio Gonzalez and Rafael Soriano as potential replacements for Zimmermann, who was named to the All-Star team for the first time earlier this week.

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